The following is based on a previous but dated post about how to get into road racing here in BC with the Westwood Motorcycle Roadracing Club. The links and some of the material has been updated for 2008.
HOW TO GET STARTED
1 - Please feel free to come out to the Westwood Motorcycle Racing Club (WMRC) monthly meetings to meet fellow racers and members of the club. They are held at the Gilnetter pub on the Maple Ridge bypass in the upstairs meeting room the third Monday of every the month, please see map attached below. Meetings start at 8:00 pm but everyone shows up between 7:00 pm & 7:30 pm for some beverages and a bite to eat before hand.
2 - Please check out the WMRC website @ www.westwoodracing.com for event schedule, general information and the rule book.
3 - You can volunteer with WMRC. We are always looking for folks to help us run our event days. By far one of the best ways to help but yourself and us is to come out and be a turn worker for the day. From your vantage point right in the apex of the turns you'll find that the action is up close and personal. And as a way to say thanks there's a free lunch as well as snacks and drinks for the whole day. See the other thread on turn worker volunteering.
4 - You can volunteer with one of our race schools that are put on through the West Coast Superbike School (WCSS). Like us they can always use some extra helpers. In particular turn workers to help keep the students safe. You can check out their events at the WCSS website @ West Coast Superbike School for more information and schedules.
5 - You can come on out and watch the races as a spectator at MRP. Addmission on practice days is free and on race days it's $10.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED
1 - Race-prepared motorcycle & your pit crew. In this case we are not talking about a professional racing pit crew, we are referring to your friends. Trust me you will need help, loading / unloading, fixing stuff etc.
2 - You can use your street bike but you are not insured by ICBC if you crash it. Minimal race preparation is required to start out on your street bike for the race school or at the WCSS Track Dayz events. But once you start racing or attending the Test&Tune days with WMRC your bike will need to be more highly prepped with all the items required in the rules concerning safety wiring and catch tray and other safety related items as laid out in the rules.
3 - Protective Gear
- This includes: full leathers (either one piece or a two piece zip together will knee, elbow, shoulder armour etc.), boots, gloves, helmet (Snell 2005 is required), back protector
- You do not need top of the line gear to get started, look in the buy & sell and talk to fellow riders & racers for used leathers, gloves & boots.
4 - Racing License & Race School
- At this time you need at least a Novice License to practice or race with the WMRC at MRP
- WMRC recommends taking the WCSS Road Racing Course to obtain your Novice Racing License. Training taken at other schools in the Northwest may be recognized if the course is recognized by our partner clubs but you may be required to demonstrate your ability to one of the senior members that will be tasked to monitor your riding by the executive or race director.
- If you pass this course and receive your Novice Racing License you are welcome to come out and participate in the next Novice Race or Test'n'Tune @ MRP. The WMRC Novice license is also recognized at other tracks, please check out their website for more details @ www.westwoodracing.com.
5 - A Way to get your bike to and from the track:
- You have a number of different options; from a pick-up truck or a van with a ramp to load and unload your bike, a trailer to haul behind your vehicle.
- You can also borrow someone’s vehicle or you can always rent a large truck for the weekend and share the cost with you friends.
- It is not recommended to ride your bike to the track, you will be exhausted at the end of the day and it may be a long ride home.
NICE THINGS TO HAVE AT THE TRACK
- Pit tent, if it's raining or sunny you will some shelter (The E-Z Up tents are on sale @ Costco sometimes)
- Lawn chairs
- Cooler with LOTS OF WATER (trust me you will need it), energizing foods like fruits and veggies, try to stay away from burgers etc.
- Basic tools to work on your bike
HOW MUCH MONEY WILL YOU NEED
This is a highly subjective and "it depends" topic. There's the cost of the race bike of course and that can vary a lot from around $1000 to $20,000 depending on your desires and depth of your pocket. Actual operating expenses for a day will vary based on the bike, tires being used and how hard the bike is on the other consumables like brake pads. But you can expect to spend from $300 to $400 per day just for track or entry fees, tire wear and tear and consumables such as oil, gas, filter, brake pads and other materials when first starting out. The better you get the less time your tires and pads will last so the price will climb.
DIFFERENT RACE CLASSES
SUPERBIKE: Our premier class open to all displacement motorcycles
OPEN SUPERSPORT: Unlimited displacement with a maximum 160hp
600 SUPERSPORT: 600cc 4 cylinder and 750cc twin cylinder motorcycles
BATTLE OF THE TWINS: Unlimited displacement twin cylinder motorcycles
SUZUKI SV650 CUP: For all supersport spec. Suzuki SV 650's
OPEN SINGLES: Open to all singles, roadrace and supermotard bikes
FORMULA 2: 250GP, middle weight twins, singles and 10 year old 600's
FORMULA 3: 125GP, 400cc 4 cylinder, 500 twins and 350 two strokes
VINTAGE: For the classic racing motorcycles with a max model year of 1972
SPORTSMAN: A non competitive alternative for track experience only
NOVICE: For the new racer to gain track experience under racing conditions
FORMULA 40 A class for the old geezers out there.
Edmonton Motorcycle Road Racing Association
Track in Edmonton, AB
Calgary Motorcycle Road Racing Association
Track in Seattle, WA
Oregon Motorcycle Road Racing Association
Track in Spokane, WA
Washington Motorcycle Road Racing Association
Have fun, be safe and I look forward to seeing you all at the track this racing season.
Maps to come.